Pavement Shares “Harness Your Hopes”

Today, Pavement shares the new video for the Pavement B-side “Harness Your Hopes,” directed by Alex Ross Perry (Her Smell) and starring Sophie Thatcher (Yellowjackets). The track is drawn from the Spit on a Stranger EP (Matador), which will be reissued as a 12” on April 8th alongside the release of Terror Twilight: Farewell Horizontal. Pre-order HERE. A bit of background: “Harness Your Hopes” was originally released in 1999 on the CD edition of the Spit on a Stranger EP, which included the titular Terror Twilight single plus four previously unreleased tracks. Needless to say, the song’s “hit-potential” was misjudged at that time. In 2020 – for reasons that remain mysterious – “Harness Your Hopes” became something of a viral sensation on streaming services and Tiktok, ultimately clocking tens of millions of listens. Whether you first heard it as a piece of late-’90s fans-only arcana or as the soundtrack to a stranger’s dance routine, today you can experience the song again as a miniature history of Pavement on film – splicing Thatcher into the band’s classic music videos.